Toronto Raptors Analysis

Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

Apr 11, 2022 9:55 PM

The Suns jumped from 30th in the NBA in Net Rating in 17-18 to 29th to 18th in 19-20 to third last season and first in 21-22. Read more »

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DeMar DeRozan's Deliverance

by Katie Heindl

Jan 5, 2022 10:16 PM

DeMar DeRozan has come into his power like the sun showing up in the eye of a hurricane, there all along but waiting, patiently, for the circle of fortune to form up around him. Read more »

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The Overdue Recognition Of DeMar DeRozan

by John Wilmes

Nov 10, 2021 2:45 PM

DeMar DeRozan wasn't LeBron and he wasn't Kawhi, and he also wasn't Tim Duncan when he reached the Spurs. He quietly improved nonetheless and turned into one of the most overlooked playmakers in the NBA. Read more »

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Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
Kyle Lowry Has To Decide What's Most Important To Him, And There's No Wrong Answer

by Colin McGowan

Kyle Lowry was a nomad for most of his 20s, being dealt is nothing new to him, but his career represents an inversion of the typical star's arc. Read more »
What Is Owed To A Franchise Legend Like Kyle Lowry?

by Micah Wimmer

Whether or not Kyle Lowry is traded will depend not on sentiment, but on whether or not the Raptors and another team agree that doing so is beneficial to the future of both teams. Read more »
20-21 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

by Keith P Smith

On the 76ers and Celtics hoping for a breakthrough, the Nets figuring out what they'll be with Durant and Irving, Toronto running it back without their center vets, and the Knicks embarking a different type of rebuild. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors, with everything else more or less fixed, will be as extraordinary as Pascal Siakam is. Read more »
The End Of Toronto's Laudable Title Defense

by Colin McGowan

Toronto took two steps back when Kawhi exited, but still flourished, nearly every player on the roster improving to compensate for a loss they couldn't totally overcome. They did their job; they'll realize that once this fresh failure stops smarting. Read more »
This Weird NBA Season Has Two Separate Defending Champions

by Micah Wimmer

Both the Raptors and Kawhi himself, though separated by the breadth of a continent, have something at stake, a chance to assert that they were the truly indispensable part of last year's triumph and win back-to-back chips. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
2019-20 Atlantic Division Season Preview

by Keith P Smith

On the Celtics retooling with Kemba Walker, Brooklyn getting a pair of superstars, the Knicks' Plan B, Philadelphia supersizing their roster, and the Raptors keeping the title momentum going without Kawhi Leonard. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

Vince Carter wasn't everything Toronto wanted him to be, but he was its first love. Like a lot of first loves, he was both singular and not enough, an unclipsable unit of measurement unto himself. Read more »
2019 Eastern Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »
The Free Agency Farce And The Fun Guy Abiding It

by Louis Keene

The safest claim about Kawhi Leonard's forthcoming decision is that it will be his own. Reverse engineering his decision beyond that will always be a guessing game. Read more »
Toronto Raptors: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

The Raptors' summer isn't really all that complex. If Kawhi Leonard returns, they will contend for another title. If Leonard leaves, they'll start to pivot towards youth and building for the future. Read more »
By Slaying Legends, Kawhi Leonard Has Become One

by Micah Wimmer

By stopping two potential three-peats by two of the greatest would-be dynasties of the last decade, Kawhi Leonard has established himself as a giant killer, the NBA's version of those legendary dragon slayers of yore. Read more »
Toronto Became Inevitable The Way Golden State Previously Felt Preordained

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors may have run out of bodies, but the Raptors were, the whole time, failing to inspire the typical condescending adjectives we lend to underdogs. They were killers. Read more »
All The Kyle Lowrys Were On Display In Game 5

by Colin McGowan

Kyle Lowry is beloved by basketball technocrats because he plays the game like they imagine they would. He's also a spectacular spaz. He and the Raptors have two more chances to make amends. Read more »
Kawhi Leonard's Hyperfunctional Game 4 Has Toronto One Win Away

by Colin McGowan

Beneath, around, and exactly at Kawhi's boring surface are multitudes. All he does is drain tough jumpers, lock down scorers, and mumble. Put another way, all the moon does is reflect the sun's light back at us. Read more »